Biota Palau Acquires Rare Abei Angelfish Broodstock!

The Abei Angelfish is one of the rarest and most elusive species of pygmy angelfish in the world. The very few specimens ever collected, mostly out of Australia, sold for astronomical, five-digit sums but a trio of recently collected specimens…

Tosanoides annepatrice Described from Pohnpei & Palau

Tosanoides annepatrice is the newest member of this colorful deepwater genus of anthias that come hardly a week on the heels of another new inductee, Tosanoides aphrodite. But where that species was a huge surprise due to being found in…

Habitat Persistence Hypothesis is Rich Pyle’s exciting theory about deep reef fish

Dr. Rich Pyle is one of the undisputed pioneers of deep reef fish species habitats, and biology. Over the last thirty years, Pyle has been exploring deep mesophotic reefs and discovering new species of reef fish in these habitats at…

New Wrasse and Anthias Collected in Papahanaumokuakea, Hawaii

We already know that there’s loads of new fish in the mesophotic zone of the ocean so it’s always exciting when new fish are discovered down there. It’s especially tantalizing when new fish are discovered in a national marine park,…

Palau Deep Reef fish collecting video released in full

The Palau Deep Reef collection video is infamous for documenting some of our best deep diving ichthyologists “at work” while sounding like Donald Duck. First revealed to the aquarium hobby during the 2008 MACNA Keynote in Atlanta, this video has…

Rich Pyle’s tale of spotting the elusive Golden Angelfish in the wild

We’ve been keenly watching the Bishop Museum’s research blog with Rich Pyle & Friends recounting all kinds of cool stories about their deep diving in Pohnpei. In addition to sharing their observations about diving to 300 feet and below, there’s…

New stunning Grammatonotus species discovered in Philippines

We are constantly awestruck with the amount of new species of reef fish being discovered recently and yesterday a new¬†Grammatonotus sp. was uncovered by the California Academy of Sciences dive team exploring the reefs surrounding the¬†Philippines. After already collecting some…

California Academy of Sciences dive team is scoring big in the depths of the Philippines

After what has been a lengthy period of preparation, scouting and diving, the California Academy of Sciences’ expedition to the Philippines is beginning to yield a nice catch of truly exotic deep reef fish. The first notable catch of the…

Rich Pyle keynote and M.C. Rich Ross will make for an unforgettable MACNA banquet

For years now the MACNA banquet has been a mild, ho-hum affair which was often burdened with more administrative affairs than actual entertainment. Even the Keynote speaker for MACNA banquet has been pulled from celebrity pools that rarely have strong…

Peppermint angelfish video is the first of its kind showing Paracentropyge boylei in the wild

The Peppermint Angelfish that is swimming around the Waikiki Aquarium right now is a sensational fish and we’ve got the whole scoop on this particular¬†Paracentropyge boylei. Rich Pyle did indeed catch this peppermint angelfish in Moorea at a depth of…